Ghosts of War (The Ghost, #2) by George Mann

Ghosts of War (The Ghost, #2)

Ghosts of War picks up the story a month after the end of Ghosts of Manhattan. New York City is being plagued by a pack of ferocious brass raptors – strange, skeleton-like creations with bat-like wings that swoop out of the sky, attacking people and carrying them away into the night. The Ghost has been tracking these bizarre machines, and is close to finding their origin: a deranged military scientist who is slowly rebuilding himself as a machi...

Details Ghosts of War (The Ghost, #2)

TitleGhosts of War (The Ghost, #2)
Release DateJul 26th, 2011
GenreScience Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy, Mystery, Alternate History

Reviews Ghosts of War (The Ghost, #2)

  • Joe
    You might have an amusing time reading other reviews of this book. A lot of people hate it.I admit it is not the best. The writing is kind of derivative and shallow and all of the characters are unapologetically stereotyped.However, I don't think the author was setting out to write the next Great Gatbsy. No, the author was intent on writing a multi-genre mash-up and on that point, this book must be regarded as an unadulterated success.In fact, I ...
  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    3.5Mechanical raptors are taking people from the streets. Nobody knows where they are taking them or why. The one thing which seems common to them all is that they aren't coming back. Of course it is a job for the Ghost. This time he is not alone. Donovan, Ginny and one British spy are in the middle of everything. Nothing is as they thought. New York is not the only thing that needs saving.
  • Jason Pettus
    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)Regular readers will remember last year's Ghosts of Manhattan, from genre veteran and Doctor Who scriptwriter George Mann, and how I found it only so-so when originally reviewing it myself; and now its sequel is out, Ghosts of War, which I decided to go ahe...
  • John Naylor
    I have not read the first book on this series. I doubt I will.This is a novel that has a lot of ideas. It contains more than one genre. It could have put all these ideas together and become something that many people should want to read. It isn't. The plot is bland and the characters blander. What should be moments of great suspense and action become just words on a page. The writing style just doesn't lead itself to excitement. Near the end ther...
  • David Manns
    I have not read Mann's first novel about The Ghost, Ghosts of Manhattan, so I'll go drone, waffle, blegh. However I have just finished Ghosts of War. So here's a little review of it.Gabriel Cross, millionaire playboy and ex-soldier, is also The Ghost, a mysterious vigilante who patrols the rooftops and skies of 1920's New York, righting wrongs and performing deeds of derringdo. So far, so Batman. But then Mann introduces the Steampunk elements th...
  • L.E. Fitzpatrick
    First off looking back this is probably the first one star I have ever given and in some respects this isn't the worst piece of literature I've ever read. But by about 2/3s of the way through I was hating the story and almost didn't bother finishing.And the reason? Well it all comes down to the ridiculous plot. I like the steampunk genre and can happily read stories bordering on the ridiculous as long as they make sense and unfortunately the foun...
  • John Montagne
    Ghosts of War was somewhere between dieselpunk and steampunk, a nicely written adventure tale that takes place in the same (future) world of Mann's Newbury & Hobbs novels. But unlike the previous novels, this series holds some Lovecraftian elements with its Cthulu type monstrosities. Why did I only give it two stars when I've enjoyed Mann's past novels so much? The main character, the Ghost himself, reminded me far too much of Batman, sure all su...
  • Mr.G
    You might have an amusing time reading other reviews of this book. A lot of people hate it.I admit it is not the best. The writing is kind of derivative and shallow and all of the characters are unapologetically stereotyped.However, I don't think the author was setting out to write the next Great Gatbsy. No, the author was intent on writing a multi-genre mash-up and on that point, this book must be regarded as an unadulterated success.In fact, I ...
  • FunkyPlaid
    Oh my goodness, it gets worse. All five points I described in my review of Ghosts of Manhattan are turned up to 11 in the second volume of Mann's The Ghost adventures. Even with my level of OCD in having to complete books that I purchase, I had to stop a little over halfway in. I tried to keep pushing and pushing, but I was afraid that George Mann would kill my love of reading before bed. This is clearly not a review, but a comment. My review is ...
  • Kirsten
    This one was better than Ghosts of Manhattan. It seemed to flow a little better (maybe b/c the character development was taken care of already). The only problem I really had was the ending seemed brief and a little rushed, though I'm not sure what I would have changed. I'm referring to the confronting of the main antagonist. I do enjoy this series b/c it's semi-steampunky, but in a different time period. It's a nice change.
  • Fred Hughes
    George Mann always spins a great story.This is the third book in the Ghost series and focuses on raptor that are snatching random people off the streets of New York. Why are they doing that ? Who is making them do that ?None of the people snatched have ever been found and there is no common thread.A rousing adventure all aroundGeorge Man HIGHLY recommended as is this series
  • edifanob
    The second adventure of the Ghost. Partially breath taking.I liked the insights of the Ghost and inspector Felix Donovan. Impressive what a writer can achieve within 214 pages!!
  • Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
    Gabriel Cross, the erstwhile Ghost, is still in mourning from the loss of his love Celeste. She did what he would have done in her situation, but that doesn't mean his heart is so easily healed. But luckily for Gabriel New York is a city under siege. The newest devilment takes the form of winged creators, half brass, half dark magic. These raptors swoop out of the sky and kidnap people, for what evil purpose no one knows. They aren't just the ban...
  • Robert Spencer
    Just a bit of fun - ridiculous as heck, but who cares? I liked this better than the first book - a bit more over the top, took itself even less seriously :)
  • Nicholas Ahlhelm
    It seems that the latest craze in fantasy fiction is steampunk. Half a dozen new steampunk titles seem to hit shelves every month. With so many titles in the new field, it only seemed natural for several to take on pulp sensibilities. Most steampunk has a late nineteenth and/or early twentieth century setting, which puts it in just the right place to crossover into new pulp.While my previous steampunk review Society of Steam: The Falling Machine ...
  • Steven Morton
    I have to say I did enjoy Ghosts of War but not as much as Ghosts of Manhattan. The Ghost once again is an interesting character and I still view him more of a Shadow/The Spider analogue than a Batman rip off (which most people say). Looking at him from a pulp perspective makes me like him more especially since he is not the perfect man (he smokes too much, does not win fights cleanly not the greatest detective in the world). But in this book I j...
  • Tyler
    3/5I'm in what seems like the majority here. This is a fun book that moves about at a brisk pace and is really never boring. But I guess that's where it stops. It doesn't go above and beyond in any way; from the writing (I felt like it could have been more atmospheric) to the plot... everything is good but not great.Actually that's not true; the mash-up of things -- it's described by different people as a combination of jazz-age superhero-steampu...
  • Richard Wright
    A second post-steampunk adventure set in the New York of the 1920s, again featuring the vigilante called the Ghost. As last time, this is a straightforward action story, in this case 'shady cabal have horrifying ambitions and must be stopped'. That's pretty much what happens, and it's a brisk, pacy read. There is exactly one plot, and everything that happens feeds it. It helps the novel be what it wants to be - pulp action - but it's also a littl...
  • Peter Dack
    Very enjoyable book, different to my usual choices of books to read however it was certainly most entertaining. It had a good steady pace so you could easily follow the plot and get clues as to where it may be going in the end. When you near the last seventy pages, you start to feel the pace picking up and it becomes inreasingly difficult to not want to finish the book straight away.I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read s...
  • Charles
    The first book in the series Ghosts of Manhattan, had some merit, but also some flaws. ( My review. ) I bought both that one and this one at the same time, so I gave this author a second chance. I thought the author had a good idea here, with a series rooted in an alt-Earth history loosely based on a mash-up of the fantasy/aviation/mystery genre serial films of the early-mid 1930's. However, he failed in the execution.I won't continue with the...
  • Patrick Scattergood
    As a big fan of George Mann, I absolutely loved Ghosts of Manhattan so when I was given the chance to review the second one in the series, I jumped at it.Yes there are some campy moments yet Mann's assured writing style makes each moment feel completely at home in the world that he has created for the characters themselves.If you are expecting another novel in the same vein as his Newbury and Hobbes books then you will be a little disappointed be...
  • Joe Slavinsky
    A guilty pleasure, this one. This book is pure 100% pulp fiction. It's a harkening back to the 30's & 40's, with clearly defined good, and evil characters, and not a lot of plot to get in the way. It's a steampunk New York, in 1927, where cars run on coal, and dirigibles fill the sky, along with flying automatons(imagine skeletal flying monkeys, ala OZ, in brass) wreaking havoc on the populace. Our hero, "The Ghost", is a vigilante, with a secret...
  • Tyler Lavender
    Okay so this is the second installment in the ghost series. Having just finished it I have to say George Mann does an awesome job making climatic endings full of action and suspense. I found I missed the feeling of the mob being a heavy presence that I felt in the first book a long with a bit of a slower pacing made me a little apprehensive to finish the book but with a new love life sprouting and more dimensions to the characters I got what I as...
  • Ubiquitousbastard
    What to say? This is not an elegant, sweeping masterpiece. However, it was actually pretty fun to read. I don't think the intention is to be the kind of book that changes your life. And mechanical raptors flying around is kind of so ridiculous it's awesome. Post-steampunk isn't a huge genre, so that different take is a bit fun for me too. There's nothing really standout, but there's also nothing that is completely annoying. It's sort of like, che...
  • David Grieve
    Surprisingly good. I only picked it up on spec as it looked a bit different. Set in 1920's New York but in a revised history with giant airships and coal fired cars, the story has the feel of a graphic novel without the pictures. A vigilante hero (the alter ego of a rich playboy), beatiful women, nasty villains, mechanical monsters and plenty of action; all present and correct. Fast paced and exciting, its only downside is that it is very predict...
  • Tac Anderson
    I really enjoy Mann's other series George Mann but was a little disappointed by this one. The premise is a great: 1920's steampunk batman (without the bat stuff) but there's a lot of repetitive internal dialogue. I still gave it 3 stars though because I love the premise and I do enjoy Mann's writing.
  • Malcolm
    Mann’s alt history steampunk novels are just the thing for a quiet day at home indulging tired brain cells and although not up there with his excellent ‘Newberry and Hobbes’ series this second title in the set-in-Manhattan series of Ghost novels is an improvement on the first, with some great set pieces and signs of an intriguing emerging mythology. Not taxing, but entertaining.
  • Noel
    I just did not enjoy this one as much as the previous. It felt repetitive, we kept getting extended 'insight' into the characters that did not add much over the previous page long discussion of what made them tick. The action was fun enough and writing fit the 'voice' of the material, but it just did not entertain as much as I had hoped.
  • Eric
    A cabal of American fascists try to incite a war with England by unleashing an army of monster squids. To the rescue comes the Ghost, a crime-fighting vigilante cut from the same cloth as the Shadow and the Dark Knight. A fun pulp/steampunk/superhero adventure. Full review here: